As more people become aware of the ongoing travesties that climate change has to offer, there has become an influx of discussions on the upheaval actions that people should take and the misconceptions of what is eco-friendly, sustainable, or green. Here we will discuss those few common myths surrounding sustainability.
Sustainability over the years has gained a worthy reputation of being misinterpreted. All in all, it’s an umbrella term, not usually well defined due to becoming oversaturated in topics and its misuse.
Here are eight common sustainable myths to clear up the waters a little bit:
Sustainability Is Just About the Environment
Although sustainability can be to do with the environment, the term itself and its definition are much vaster than cutting back on CO2 emissions. ‘Investopedia’ refined the definition into: “Focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generation to meet their needs.” They go further by breaking down sustainability into three sectors or, in their terms, ‘pillars’: Economic, environmental and social, including profits, planet and people. In layman’s terms, sustainability is the effectiveness of helping our lives right now in an efficient manner without jeopardising (and while building) a future for the next generations to come.
It’s All About Recycling Everything
Though recycling is an essential factor in sustainability, it is one of many factors that build it.
That sometimes, it’s only a temporary solution on the longer scale of things. We’re still in the mix of tackling the ultimate endgame solution. But this doesn’t mean we should pack our bags and dwell in defeat; recycling is still essential wherever we can make it. In the UK, half of all, our waste has the potential to be recycled. For more help with what you can recycle, check out ‘Recycle Now’.
Being Sustainable Is Too Expensive and Only for the Privileged
Firstly, like many clothes from both fast fashion to sustainable, there is a sliding scale of affordable and expensive. This isn’t to say there isn’t anything cheap out there. More likely is the case that the tad more expensive means better quality from charity shops to sustainable stores.
The more sustainable fashion and products are popularised, there’ll be more options out there for your price!
We may immediately assume that sustainable living means making ludicrous sacrifices to our lives that only the privileged can afford. But given you do it right, it can be quite the opposite. It all depends on how much you’re investing your life into it.
Activities like walking and cycling more wherever you can replace driving, green exercising, using less electricity like cutting back on TV or your lights, using less water, or recycling more are just a few examples.
Sustainability Is Synonymous to Going Green and Vegan
Not every sustainable choice we make is green, e.g. using nuclear power for electricity is sustainable but not green.
This subject props up a lot when arguing about how general vegan leather is a sustainable product.
Put simply, the majority of faux leather we come across are made with Polyurethane and Polyvinyl Chloride, which all in all are toxic. In short, they give off a large amount of carbon emission and the type of materials that take a very long time to rid of.
There are certainly eco-friendly versions which mean you don’t need to jeopardise your veganism.
All of this is an excellent example of how sustainability isn’t always synonymous with ‘green’. We have to make sure more now than ever to check up on what we’re buying.
What’s the point, the World Is Beyond Our Repair
There is a difference between the phrase “saving our polluted planet” to helping what we’ve got now, supporting and looking after our current ecological systems. It’s about maintaining a sense of healthy living so we can continue existing.
We often see things as an all or nothing situation, but there’s a lot of nuance to this. What can we do within our control? Because every bit we do when it comes to “saving” counts. This leads to the next point…
There’s No Point Making Small Personal Changes
A major myth is that small changes make no difference, or there is little point in them. As the climate crisis isn’t apparent to pinpoint at first glance, many people don’t believe it affects them enough to worry.
Though small impacts indeed, compared to large corporate ones, aren’t enough to make large scale solutions, it is the fact that we all need to do our part as a society to help make things right.
Our small changes can expand into a grander scale. Such as supporting sustainable companies, buying more green products, voting for politicians that support environmentalism create a ripple effect.
If I Quit Fast Fashion, Jobs in Developing Countries Will Suffer
Not everyone is dropping like flies at once and quitting fast fashion. Therefore, an economic crash seems unlikely. Nevertheless, there are still jobs in developing countries that are dangerous and give little pay. This is more to do with ethics than anything.
On the plus side, clothes made in China have improved, with their rise in minimum wages having practically doubled and their own plan in partnership with United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Though this is excellent news, there is still work to be done in other places.
Sustainable Fashion and Products Are Boring
Right here at Lockr Space, we can prove that style isn’t sacrificed for green products and sustainable fashion, such as the newly released Iron Roots products, for instance!
And it isn’t just with fashion either. We have just as stylish accessories too!
Of course, there are far more options out there. The more we support, the more exciting and stylish products will be available.